Jazz Fest Stays Put In New Orleans

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival will be held in its usual location at the city's Fair Grounds Race Course on April 28-30 and May 5-7, despite the ravages of Hurricane Katrina.

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival will be held in its usual location at the city's Fair Grounds Race Course on April 28-30 and May 5-7, despite the ravages of Hurricane Katrina. The event will be sponsored by Shell, marking the first time a presenting sponsor has been brought on board. A full lineup announcement is expected next month.

"We're dedicating this year's festival to the people of New Orleans and inviting everybody who cares about this city to come to Jazz Fest and play a meaningful role in bringing back the city's culture, which is the soul of America," festival producer Quint Davis said today (Jan. 31)." Jazz Fest 2006 will be a homecoming party for thousands of New Orleans musicians, Festival chefs and craftspeople, and we want the world to join us in welcoming them back as we present the celebration of a lifetime."

The lone artist confirmed at present is R&B legend Fats Domino, who was evacuated from his New Orleans home in the wake of Katrina. Domino will also be the subject of the 2006 event poster, which was designed by local painter James Michalopoulos.

Tickets for Jazz Fest are on sale now via NOJazzFest.com and Ticketmaster. The event's Web site features information on early-bird discounts and VIP packages.